ATM, Darul Takzim keep up chase of LIONSXII

ATM maintained the pressure on Malaysia Super League leaders LIONSXII on Saturday afternoon after recording a 1-0 win over FELDA United.

Marlon Alex James, ATM

By FOX Sports staff

In what turned out to be a tight affair at the Petaling Jaya Stadium, ATM captain Hairuddin Omar scored the only goal of the game in the 10th minute to hand his side all three points.

The result was enough to briefly take the Gladiators top of the table, although they ended the day back a point behind LIONSXII after the Singaporean outfit cruised to a 3-0 win over struggling T-Team.

Shahril Ishak got the LIONSXII on their way when he drilled home the opener after ten minutes, before his pinpoint corner in the 29th minute allowed Shakir Hamzah to head home a second.

Five minutes after the half-hour mark, Shahril delivered another inch-perfect corner to Fazrul Nawaz, who made no mistake with his close-range header to wrap up the three points for V. Sundramoorthy's charges.

Title contenders Darul Takzim were also winners on Saturday and overtook Selangor in third place after a 3-1 victory over PKNS FC.

An own-goal from P. Gunalan in the 29th minute sent Harimau Selatan on their way, and it was 2-0 three minutes before the break when Norshahrul Idlan Talaha blasted a six-yard effort into the back of the net for his sixth goal of the campaign.

PKNS pulled one back in the 50th minute when Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh pounced to score from close range after opposition keeper Zamir Selamat could only parry Roman Chmelo's initial effort into his path, but five minutes from time, Nurul Azwan Roya converted a left-wing cross by Safee Sali to wrap up the win for Fandi Ahmad's men.

Finally at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, Pahang came from behind twice to earn a point from a 2-2 draw with Terengganu.

The hosts edged ahead in the 12th minute when Khairul Ramadhan Zauwawi broke free down the left side of the box and drilled his shot past Rosfaizul Azuar Ali, but they were then dealt a real blow in the ten minutes after the break when Ismail Faruqi Asha'ri was sent off.

A minute later, Tok Gajah equalised when Faizol Hussein pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the box and sent a rocket of a left-footed strike into the top corner, only for Terengganu to reclaim the lead in the 64th minute; Abdul Manaf Mamat racing onto Ashaari Shamsuddin's visionary through-ball and clinically firing home.

But in the fifth minute of injury-time, the hosts' failure to clear their lines saw the ball fall to Abdul Malik Mat Ariff, who unleashed an 18-yard piledriver into the back of the net to earn Pahang a share of the spoils.

Saturday's Malaysia Super League Results

FELDA United 0-1 ATM

Terengganu 2-2 Pahang


Darul Takzim 3-1 PKNS FC

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